It’s National Chocolate Eclair Day! Did you know that “éclair”
is the French word for lightning? It may have gotten its name from the
"flash" of frosting that glistens across its top, though the direct
connection between lightning and this delicious French pastry is
unclear. The eclair has been a favorite treat since its
creation in the 1860s, and it will undoubtedly continue to be a bakery
shop staple for a long time. The French call the dough of these treats
“choux,” which is carefully baked to allow for a hollow interior. Then
cream, custard, or purée is piped into its center and it is topped off
with fondant icing. With its flaky dough and sweet, creamy
filling, this dessert has become a global favorite. To celebrate
National Chocolate Eclair Day, head over to your nearest bakery!
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